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Two community organizers — Lindsey Cope and Arleen Hubble — were recognized by the Longview City Council on Thursday for their efforts in recent successful community events.

Cope, community engagement director with the Cowlitz Economic Development Council, spearheaded the Great Race and the coinciding Great Day Downtown on June 29.

Thousands of people attended the car show and shop local event on Commerce Avenue as more than 100 vintage cars rolled through downtown Longview, one of many stops on the nine-day “Great Race” from Riverside, Calif., to Tacoma.

Cope told the council on Thursday that Longview was recently awarded Best Lunch Stop for the entire race.

Hubble was recognized for organizing Go 4th for her 30th year. There were 115 floats and groups participating this year, which she has said is the most she can remember.

“I’m very proud of the fact we can offer a three-day event that doesn’t cost anything. We bring a lot of tourism money here. … That goes right back into the community,” Hubble said.

However, during the event, a man became very upset that organizers had put a fence around the statue of Sacajawea at Hudson and Nichols to prevent vandalism, Hubble said.

The man interpreted the fence as incarcerating the Indian tribe, Mayor Don Jensen told the council and attendees.

He was “intimidating,” Hubble said, and they ended up moving the fence.

Also on Thursday, the council supported a policy allowing property owners to request tree removals and replacements in city rights of ways next to their home. Property owners would pay $300 and only 30 removals would be approved a year. The measure will come back at a future meeting for approval.

In addition, the council increased the utility rate reduction program limit for low-income seniors and disabled citizens. Transitional housing organizations, such as Community House on Broadway, will also qualify for a 25% rate reduction on sewer consumption charges.

For the proposed West Longview annexation that will be on the ballot in November, the council appointed Dan Jacobs, Jim Hansen and Trey Davis to a committee to draft the pro statement in the Voter’s Guide and Tim Todd, Helen Greenman and Marvin McCully for the con statement committee.

In other business, the council:

  • Authorized the police department to apply for a three-year $276,000 grant to hire a civilian advocate to assist the victims of violent crimes in Longview.
  • Awarded two contracts totaling about $580,800 to Weatherguard for new roofs at City Hall and Fire Station 81 on Commerce Avenue.
  • Authorized the vacation of three sections of unimproved right of way next to Cowlitz County property related to the planned hotel at the event center.
  • Approved collective bargaining agreements with ATU, the River Cities Transit union.
  • Approved the sale of a plat of abandoned rail corridor as excess property.
  • Amended city code related to unfit structures.

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